3 Ways to Turn a Room from Spare to Flair!

Upgrading the look of your home (or a room in your home) can be as easy as replacing outdated door knobs, light fixtures, or ceiling fans. But these small-scale changes might not do much to change the way your home feels, nor accomplish much when it comes to improving overall functionality or increasing ROI.

Sure you could use a spare room as an office or a guest room, or reconfigure the space to create the mudroom/utility room you’ve always wanted. All of these are great ideas for making use of areas that are no longer functional for your needs.

But, if you want to remodel a room in a way that adds joy to your everyday life and adds value to your home, we have three ideas for the perfect makeover.

A Game Room Provides Fun for Family and Friends

A game room is always a crowd favorite, and it can be designed with your hobbies in mind. Whether you are a gamer who wants multiple screens, the coolest keyboards, premium sound equipment, and the latest gaming systems—or you want to go old-school with pinball machines and arcade games, you can make the room what you want it to be. For game nights, be sure to have comfortable chairs and a table suitable for board games, poker, or Bunco. When it comes to entertaining, a pool table, table tennis, and dartboards are popular options. Outfitting the room with a mini fridge and half bath will take your game room to the next level.

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Working from Home? Workout at Home Too!

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A gym membership at an average gym will cost you around $700 a year, and that doesn’t include trainers, classes, or special upgrade packages to use their premier rooms or equipment. Boutique fitness centers can cost you a lot more in dues and fees. For less money, you can invest in a home gym and create a workout experience that caters to your lifestyle and fitness needs. Add mirrors, free weights, machines, a water fountain, even a shower! With a home gym, you can feel comfortable and safe exercising in the privacy of your own space—at any time, on any day, even holidays!

A Media Room With All the Theater Trimmings

Many homeowners choose to turn their spare room into a state-of-the-art media room—for home movies or College GameDay. Think the bigger the screen, the better. Or, the more screens, the better. And a premium sound system will make you feel like you’re in the action! Don’t forget comfy recliners with drink holders, USB ports, and fold-away tables for the full theater experience. All that’s left is refreshments. With a built-in bar area, you won’t have to run to concessions (or the kitchen) and risk missing a single second.

Want something more luxurious, something spectacular to set you and your house apart from all the rest? Check out this relaxation space Straight Line created for a client who wanted a speciality room for music, cigars, and more.


If you’re looking for interior renovations that provide the highest return on investment, you’ll want to consider full kitchen remodels, wood flooring, and upgraded bathrooms. These projects often recoup 80% or more of their cost at resale. But bonus rooms don’t have to be terribly expensive and can broaden appeal to many homebuyers. Plus, if you’re looking to make your home more cozy, more fun, and more adaptable to your lifestyle, a passion project like this is just the thing to get you started.

With more than 12 years of building trust with happy clients, Straight Line’s all-in-one team of design consultants, contractors, and seasoned construction experts offers a wide array of options to bring your vision to life. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.